While weekdays are spent in classrooms and labs, weekends are often spent indulging in activities organized by the college clubs.
The two most famous annual events are Engineer (a national level technical symposium) and Incident (a cultural festival). These events are planned, organized and managed by the students themselves – from fund collecting drives to the final events. The intra-college events are organized by the students’ activity clubs.
The biggest intra-college event is called the Crescendo, which is a cultural festival organized by the Reading Room Committee. Students vie with other years in literary, personality, art and music competitions. Crescendo has been an annual tradition for three decades.

Local chapters of the Indian Society for Technical Education, the Institution of Engineers, the Rotaract Club, the Computer Society of India, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) organize events during the academic year. These include blood donation camps, cloth donation drives, coastal cleanup camps, and events conducted by the National Service Scheme (NSS) chapter of NITK.

One of the prominent club related to automobiles Society of Automotive Engineers has an active chapter here which conducts good number of events like How stuff works, Under the hood, Can you fix it and Vintage Auto Expo.

There are technical clubs like WEB enthusiastic club. NITK has a Linux Users Group, which promotes free and open source Linux technology. The Robotics Club at NITK is a technical society that aims to create a robotics culture in the institute. The club aims to provide adequate tools, equipment and guidance so that projects can be successful.Dance Dramatics and Fashion Club (DDFC) organises the annual Spandan fest which provides students a platform to showcase their talent at dance and theatre.The Engineers’ Forum for Entrepreneurship Awareness (E-FOREA)[17] encourages entrepreneurial ideas from students and promotes leadership and entrepreneurship on campus. E-Pitch is their flagship business idea competition which attracts participation from all over the country.
The NITK Music Club organizes music shows generally called Musical Night and play popular music at the outdoor auditoriums. A variety of styles are on display at these events, from Indian classical music to fusion to rock.

Once a week, the NITK Films Club plays a movie at the Student’s Activity Centre. Apart from English and Hindi releases, regional films are shown.
The Mangalore chapter of the Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Among Youth (SPICMACAY) is centered at NITK and is one of the biggest and acknowledged chapters in the country. It organizes concerts and lectures by masters of Indian classical art forms and strives to raise awareness of Indian culture in the surrounding regions through lectures, orientations and conventions.
The NITK Photography Club captures photos and videos of events happening in NITK. It promotes photography as a hobby among the young engineers. It conducts “Expose”, which is a national level photography contest organised yearly during Incident, the annual cultural fest. The club contributes to the official yearbook, The Vitruvian.

The amateur astronomy Star Gazing Club conducts night shows for the students and the faculty. It runs workshops for students in the region.
Literary, Stage and Debating Society (LSD) is the apex literary forum of the institute. The club holds debates, organises plays and mainly conducts quizzes. LSD was formed in 2004 from the quiz club to cater to literary events other than quizzes. LSD is one of the best quiz clubs in India, having produced quizzers who have won competitions nationwide. Members of the club also contribute to the NITK Quiz blog, that has been active since 2008.
The Press Club brings out a fortnightly wall magazine News Wagon, providing a tongue-in-cheek look at life around the campus, besides bringing out the official yearbook, The Vitruvian.

VOICE (Vedic Oasis for Inspiration, Culture and Education) is a youth group run by the students, for the students. Using the principles present in the ancient Vedic scriptures, they train students in a blend of character and competence.


NIT Surathkal Athletics
Sports facilities include the cricket ground, tennis lawns, shuttle badminton and table tennis complex, the basketball and volleyball courts along with a swimming pool.The Recreation Committee of the institute organizes the recreational activities. The much awaited inter-year sports festival Phoenix is organized during the even semester where students battle for gold, silver and bronze medals, and the over-all shield. NITK sports teams participate in events all over the country such as at Inter-NIT sports meet.

  • Tournaments Participating
    1. Inter University Tournaments.
    2. All India Inter NIT Tournaments.
    3. Dasara State level Tournaments.
    4. State/District Association League Tournaments.
    5. Invitational Inter Collegiate Tournaments.
    6. Other Open Invitational Tournaments.
  • Tournaments Organizing
    • Inter NIT Tournaments. (Volleyball, Basketball, Aquatics, Athletics Cricket and Hockey proposed for 2009-10).
    • NITK Golden Jubilee Cup Mangalore City Inter Collegiate Championships, in all games).
    • Slam Dunk, National level invitational Inter Collegiate Basketball Tournament.
    • Invitational Mithran Memorial Football Tournament for clubs from Kerala and Karnataka states, 39th time.


NIT Surathkal Fest Logo
Engineer (Technical Festival) is the technical symposium of NITK Surathkal. It attracts participants from all over the country.
‘Engineer’ in its first edition in 2005 drew tremendous response. Engineer 2006 was planned on an even larger scale, with more innovative events. The events at Engineer 2006 included paper presentation competitions, project presentations, Shrishti, where participants are required to apply engineering for the greater good of society, robotics events (Perfect Machine, Automata), hacking contests, programming contests, design problems, and workshops and seminars. Guest speakers have included Richard Stallman, Bjarne Stroustrup, Sam Pitroda, Dr. Devi Shetty, Sir Anthony James Leggett, Kevin Warwick, and Prof. Timothy Poston.
As a forum for interaction between students and industry, Engineer has proved to be successful, with corporates providing sponsorship and conducting workshops and talks during the three day event.


NIT Surathkal Fest Logo
Incident the national level cultural festival is a celebration of the multitude of talents and experiences of students. Incident was first conducted in 1980 and has grown over the years to become one of the largest cultural festivals in South India; it attracts student participation in huge numbers.
Held over five days, the festival encompasses a gamut of events, from dance and dramatics to music, painting, fashion and quizzing. In addition, the Incident Pro-Nite features top Indian bands (Incident 2010 Golden Edition featured KK, Motherjane, Led Zepplica, DJ Nyk, DJ Oliver Moldan and Dualdrive; Incident 2009 featured DJ Nikhil Chinappa and Kunal Ganjawala; Incident 2008 featured KK; Incident 2007 featured Raghu Dixit and Indian Ocean; Incident 2006 featured Euphoria; Incident 2005 featured Parikrama, Yell-O and Vinapra) and draws crowds from all around India. Events are conducted and judged by professionals. Incident has a heritage of literary events, named QuizFest.

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